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Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide

Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hired a former campaign operative for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration MORE (R-Texas) and ex-New York Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Talk of self-pardon for Trump heats up MORE as a political director.

Ashlee Rich Stephenson, who most recently was a principal at consulting firm WPA Intelligence, will be the vice president and political director for the U.S. Chamber’s Voter Education Program, the pro-business lobbying group announced on Wednesday.

In June, Suzanne Clark was named president of the Chamber. She was former Chamber President Thomas Donohue’s longtime top aide, and Donohue plans to stay on as CEO through June 2022. In April, Michelle Russo came on as chief communications officer, which was a newly elevated position. 

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The Chamber has also been undergoing changes recently involving rethinking its close alliance with Republicans and has taken public fire from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE after clashing with him over trade and other issues. It also lost its entire media relations team earlier this year, sparking concern from outsiders about the health of the organization. 

Stephenson’s role entails directing the Chamber’s voter education program, spotlighting pro-growth House and Senate candidates, and helping voters understand where those candidates stand on business issues.

“Her background working on high level campaigns and expertise in data and polling will help strengthen the Chamber’s voter outreach on pro-growth policies that will benefit consumers and workers across our nation,” Scott Reed, U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief political strategist, said in a press release. 

Stephenson was polling director for Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign, worked on the political strategy teams for Cruz’s 2016 campaign and Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 campaign, and worked as a consultant for Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBipartisan, bicameral group unveils 8 billion coronavirus proposal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE’s 2012 presidential campaign.